Quick Art Wednesday | Easy-breezy floral index cards

I’m going through a bit of a phase right now where I’m obsessed with miniature versions of art. From painting 6×6 canvases to working on index cards; the small size makes the pieces quick, easy and so much fun.

Working on the back of the index card is my preference–no lines!

I love doing floral studies (combining flowers, colors, textures/working on abstracting floral forms) because they’re loose and fun.

Today’s lesson is a quick (2 minutes!) index card piece that combines all the things I love in floral piece–a fun sunflower, poppies, wheat and abstract movement marks.

The most important tip I can give you for a floral work such as this is that the less perfect you make it, the more perfect it will look. What a counter-intuitive thought!

If you’re over-analyzing the way you’re shaping things in this type of practice, you must take a deep breath and loosen up. It’s just an index card–you can make 100 pieces of artwork for 49 cents!

Quick Art Wednesday Floral Study from Avery on Vimeo.

To start, I just used a pencil to loosely sketch out my layout.

After that, I went in with lots of watercolors (my trusty Pelikan set) and a water brush.

To add a bit of contrast at the end, I hit it with some black marker (which happens to smell like licorice).

Don’t forget to share your floral works on Instagram and use the hashtag #quickartwednesdaybg

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